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T. Zachary Cotler
They Are a Light Directed through the Shrouds
Extinct women and men are falling
through the wires.
They have names like Tanakh
angels’ aeon names.
They sucked the rhymestone
genitals of muses.
Little muses, going deaf, split what
they saw along the ninth and tenth
axes; they saw with fly-eye complexes
of human eyes.
The women and men,
someone listen to me,
And dichotomous trees
of human limbs and daedal
names like angels’ split and split
by music of the axes.
Little sisters held the heads
of brothers going down.
They didn’t know their names,
They are my sisters and brothers.
Extinct amen, the falling split
the wood of their aesthetic
names into arrays of wyes
Purgatory for Eighth and Ninth Echoes
Why, here, us?
A name sits on a box.
We said something,
one says. No one
remembers us, one
says. Ineffables, that’s what
the box contains.
I know that, says a name.
Tenths are too blurry,
they get thrown away.
A lot of names came from the U.S.A.
and Europe. We were influential,
ink sprayed out our nose and mouth. Word-colored
constellations on white paper stones. Pick those up,
they go in the box.
Wise at the House on the Cliffs
With the look of a frescoed Cain,
old man in the shade of exterior
walls—he’s a young man,
captious, ready with a joke; or
his footsteps down a spiral
staircase, out, blown bottle
sea-surface and the cliffs glassy—
pirouetting without haste,
bootsteps like clinks of cups
up the heart’s spiral, to chambers
with undusted albums and warships
in bottles, to beds of old conception; or
his daughters, their angles
and Greek names he gave them,
and please, talk and stay with him
—they leave, they rain
apart, each flying grain
keeps a man and his
habits, intelligence, faces
in photographs, framed in
the silicate facets; or
the quick tide coming to
wrecks at the boots of the cliffs; or
slow tide and young sailors through
the noon, outbound to be brotherly
slain in the blink of an ox-eye sun;
or an old man with his thinking done
by the otherwise frames of the sea.